Internal Energy Released#

A uranium-238 atom can break up into a thorium-234 atom and a particle called an alpha particle, \(\alpha\)-4. The numbers indicate the masses of the atoms and alpha particle in atomic mass units (1 amu = \(1.55\times 10^{-27}\) kg). So, for example, the uranium atom has a mass of 238 amu.

Part 1#

When a uranium atom breaks up, the thorium atom is observed to recoil with a velocity of -4.88\(\times 10^5\) \(m/s\). How much of the uranium atom’s internal energy is released in the breakup? Assume that the uranium atom was initially at rest.

Answer Section#

Please enter in a numeric value in \(J\).


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